Downtown Classic Car Show
Event Details and Map
The 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Stroll down memory lane during the 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show while enjoying the many shops and restaurants that Downtown St. Catharines has to offer. Over 400 fantastic classic and custom cars will be on display along St. Paul Street and other downtown streets, along with live entertainment and family friendly activities. Free admission, free registration. Keep up to date with Downtown Classic Car Show news on our Facebook page here.
Some things to keep in mind while attending our Downtown Classic Car Show:
Park for free at City-owned garages and parking lots downtown. We recommend parking in the Ontario Street parking garage or the Garden Park/Carlisle Street parking garage. For more information on parking, visit the City of St. Catharines’ website. Please be aware that street parking is not available on the streets closed for the car show, unless you are a classic car exhibitor.
Walk, don’t ride, bikes and skateboards through the car show.
Take care when getting close to the classic cars. Belts, buckles and purses can cause damage to the finish on these vintage vehicles.
Street closures for the car show: St. Paul Street from Ontario Street to Carlisle Street, then St. Paul Street from Carlisle Street to Court Street. Also, William Street (from St. Paul to the entry of the parking garage), Queen Street (from St. Paul to King) and James Street (from St. Paul to King) close at 7 am and reopen at 5 pm. The Downtown Classic Car Show is proudly presented by the St. Catharines Downtown Association (phone 905-685-8424, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Below is the map for 2016. Google Map shows location of Information Tent.
Info For Custom and Classic Car Exhibitors
The 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place in Downtown St. Catharines on Saturday, July 9, 2016.
No registration, admission or parking fees. No advance registration. Pre-1986 vehicles preferred. Special giveaways on arrival for the first 300 cars, including a chance to win a prize in our door prize raffle.
Please arrive between 7:00am and 9:00am for best parking placement within the show area. Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00am to park your custom or classic vehicle, or YOU WILL RISK HAVING YOUR VEHICLE TOWED. Volunteers from the Niagara Corvette Club will assist exhibitors with parking and placement of their cars starting at 7:00am. There are two points of entry: St. Paul Street at Ontario Street / Westchester Cres., and St. Paul Street at Carlisle Street. We will have volunteers posted at each point of entry, handing out goodie bags to each exhibitor. You will NOT receive a goodie bag if you arrive earlier than 7:00am.
If you would like to park near or with your friends, please all arrive together as it is extremely difficult to save spots. Once parked, we encourage you to stay through the afternoon while the thousands of visitors enjoy strolling the downtown streets viewing the vintage and custom cars on display.
Breakfast & Other Dining
Arriving early to park your custom or classic car? Try one of our great downtown dining spots for breakfast on the morning of the car show. There are even more choices for lunch or dinner, or a cool drink on a patio. Check out our full listing of dining establishments in Downtown St. Catharines here on our website:
Serving breakfast on Saturday, July 9, 2016:
The Carlisle Café, 259 St. Paul St. open at 8:00 am Full hot breakfast
Christina’s Eatery, 52 St. Paul St. open at 8:00 am Full hot breakfast
Coffee Culture, 196 St. Paul St. open at 6:00 am Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods
Greek Garden, 459 St. Paul St. open at 7:30 am Full hot breakfast
Helen's Deli, 50 James Street open at 8:00 am Baked goods, coffee
Kully's, 223 St. Paul St. open at 10:00 am Full hot breakfast
Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St. open at 8:00 am Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods
Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub, 101 St. Paul open at 8:00 am Full hot breakfast
Small Batch Co. 204 St. Paul St. open at 10:00 am Fresh juices, sandwiches
Subway open at 7:00 am Breakfast sandwiches
Sunset Restaurant, 180 St. Paul St. open at 7:00 am Full hot breakfast
Tim Horton’s open at 6:00 am Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods
Vendors / Car Show Merchandise
Stop by the information tent on St. Paul Street near James Street to buy your car show souvenirs. T-shirts will be for sale. All classic car exhibitors will receive a numbered raffle ticket upon entry to the car show grounds. Check in at the information tent after 11:00 am to see if you have won a prize!
In addition to all the fine businesses in Downtown St. Catharines (see full directory here), there will be vendors and exhibitors set up throughout the car show.
Bring your kids to the Downtown Classic Car Show and instill a love of cars in them at an early age. The Kids' Zone will be located on St. Paul Street near the corner of Bond Street. This interactive children’s area will feature our very popular Paint-A-Car activity where kids will be able to paint a vehicle (graciously donated by Millers Auto Recyling), as well as face painting & bouncy fun from Niagara Inflatables. Scouts Canada St. Catharines Area will be bringing their Kub Kars, and Chess Nation - Niagara will have their giant chess board set up!
Summer Sale Promotion
Many of our Downtown St. Catharines retailers are holding SPECIAL SUMMER SALE PROMOTIONS in their stores on Saturday July 9, 2016 - Downtown Classic Car Show Day! Check out a full list of downtown shops here http://mydowntown.ca/business/shop
Auds 'n Ends Consignment Boutique, 32 James Street
Boot Shop (The), 46 James Street
D'Lish Tasteful Gifting, 144 St. Paul Street
Gwen’s Teas, 163 St. Paul Street
Lousje & Bean, 39 James Street
Mindbomb Records, 27 James Street: 15% off Everything (except gift cards & tickets)
Mostly Comics, 413 St. Paul Street: $1 Back Issues in Bins
Park's Furniture, 316 St. Paul Street: Ashley floor model clearance
Ryson's Music, 5 Court Street: 50% off select music books
Vape Cove, 1 St. Paul Street: 15% discount off select items
Entertainment and Cosplay Contest
In addition to the hundreds of custom and classic cars on display, there is plenty of entertainment on the streets of Downtown St. Catharines. We are excited to have Alex Kazam (performance artist - magician, juggler) returning again this year to amaze and astound the thousands of visitors downtown. See Alex Kazam on St. Paul Street near James Street.
See the Batmobile! Meet Brampton Batman from 11:00am to 3:00pm on St. Paul Street near Court Street.
The St. Catharines Downtown Association and Mostly Comics are pleased to present a Superhero Cosplay Costume Competition during the Downtown Classic Car Show! There will also be a variety of live music performances from Ryson's Music! The cosplay competition will take place at 1:00 p.m. on on St. Paul Street near Court Street. Open to adults and children. Prizes to be won! See registration form below:
More live entertainment can be found at our entertainment pitches, including live music at 123 St. Paul Street and 301 St. Paul Street.
The St. Catharines Downtown Association wishes to extend our thanks and appreciation to our Downtown Classic Car Show sponsors and supporters.
CLASSIC SPONSOR:VINTAGE SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
Please visit our Flickr account to view photos from the 2015 Downtown Classic Car Show.